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ST. LOUIS (AP)

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight start with a shoulder injury but the team remained confident he wouldn't need to go on the 15-day disabled list.

Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez was moving around better Wednesday and might attempt to hit a ball off a tee. He said Ramirez ''obviously'' would not require a DL stay and hedged at his availability against the Cardinals, opting for an NFL-type listing of doubtful that meant he most likely would not play.

Mattingly said Ramirez, who tumbled into the stands making a catch in foul territory on Sunday, had full range of motion. The Dodgers opted against an MRI exam, Mattingly said, because a dye injection necessary for contrast would have kept the player out at least three days.

Nick Punto started the first two games at shortstop and Dee Gordon started Wednesday.

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